Too little, too late for Senators in both ends of the twinbill
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats swept a doubleheader from the Harrisburg Senators on Wednesday night at FNB Field, 6-3 and 5-4. In both games, the Senators rallied for a pair of runs in the seventh inning but couldn’t come through with the hits to overcome the deficits.
In the first game of the pair, the Fisher Cats roughed up starter Austen Williams for a four-run fourth to put some distance between the two teams. “He just tried to do too much and that’s what happens,” manager Matt LeCroy said of Williams’s handling adversity in the inning. “You elevate the ball. You don’t think about what you’re throwing and the purpose behind it. Instead of giving up one, you give up a bigger number.”
Harrisburg put traffic on the basepaths, but New Hampshire pitcher Connor Greene minimized the damage by inducing three groundball double plays. “We let him off the hook,” LeCroy said. “With guys with pretty good stuff, that’s usually what happens.”
In the nightcap, the Fisher Cats chipped away at John Simms with runs in the first, third, fourth, and fifth to chase the starter after 4.1 innings. Harrisburg got two runs back in the third inning on a pair of doubles from Khayyan Norfork and Jose Marmolejos and an RBI single from Neftali Soto. Once again the Senators put something together in the final frame as Drew Ward delivered a bases loaded single to score two and put the tying run on third base. But Isaac Ballou’s pop out in foul territory ended the threat and the game with the Senators on the losing end.
“We’d like to see them do a little bit more grinding in some of those situations, especially when we’re down,” LeCroy said about the at-bats in the middle of the game.
Soto went 0-1 with two walks in the first game to snap his 16-game hitting streak, which was the longest in the Eastern League this season. During the stretch, Soto batted .358 (24 for 67) and raised his batting average 24 points to ninth in the league at .318. The 28-year-old slugged .746 during the streak thanks to 15 extra-base hits including five home runs.
The 16-game hitting streak was the longest for a Harrisburg Senator since Jesus Feliciano hit safely in 17 straight in 2005. The all-time record for the team was set by Jim Reboulet with 32 games in 1987.
Prior to the game, the Senators placed Yadiel Hernandez on the temporary inactive list. Conversely infielder Corban Joseph was reassigned to Harrisburg. Joseph, the longtime Yankee and Oriole farmhand, was hitting .231 with seven doubles in 34 games with Triple-A Syracuse.
Marmolejos, who played left field for the fifth time in six games, threw out New Hampshire’s Richard Urena at home as he tried to score from second on a base hit. The outfield assist was the first for Marmolejos since he had two in 2012 during the Dominican Summer League season… Stephen Perez roped a two run home run, his second of the season, in the seventh inning of the first game…Phillips Valdez and Jimmy Cordero each worked scoreless relief in the second game of the twinbill.